North American Airports Maintain Global Leadership

April 19, 2017


WASHINGTON – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) President and CEO Kevin M. Burke today issued a statement following the release of ACI World’s preliminary 2016 world airport traffic rankings highlighting the top 20 airports from around the world.

“Following the tremendous growth in passenger and cargo traffic experienced around the world last year, we are delighted North American airports maintained their leadership position in the global aviation system. At the same time, it is essential that U.S. airports have the ability to continue to grow and remain competitive for the future. Today, America’s airports face nearly $100 billion in infrastructure challenges and significant regulatory burdens that stifle competition and limit growth.  ACI-NA will continue to work with Congress and the Trump Administration to ensure our airports do not fall behind.”


About ACI-NA

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) represents local, regional, and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America. Approximately 380 aviation-related businesses are also members of ACI-NA, providing goods and services to airports. Collectively, U.S. airports support more than 11.5 million jobs and account for $1.4 trillion in economic activity – or more than seven percent of the total U.S. GDP. Canadian airports support 405,000 jobs and contribute C$35 billion to Canada’s GDP. Learn more at